From Lesly Valbrun, president, Greater Bridgeport NAACP:
The Greater Bridgeport NAACP branch stands behind all basic civil rights o f our democracy and the special importance of “One person. One vote.” Video slices of activity during the recent Bridgeport primary voting process related to “absentee ballots” that has been aired on social media call into question the faithfulness of Bridgeport processes to the rule of law.
This is not the first time that balloting rules have failed. Individuals have been fined or sanctioned later by the State of Connecticut. The handling of ballots by unauthorized persons is illegal. And there are other rules that obviously prohibit tampering with ballots under the cover of dark. We, the GBNAACP oppose and denounce the discriminatory attack on the rights of voters who expect their vote to count.
Oversight from city cameras and Police Department observers appear to be the source of “social media” display, but no “official or authoritative” explanation based on thorough investigation accompanies the visual evidence at this time. We support a full and complete explanation of all behavior including that of one or more “whistle blowers”. Additional facts may reveal a narrative different from a quick response to the video evidence, by itself.
We await a public response from unconflicted parties above as well as on the local scene who can view the voter suppressive corruption that creates distrust in our democratic rights. Apathy or cynical expression of distrust are inappropriate personal responses, we believe. Therefore, we encourage all registered voters to become informed about each candidate for office in the November 7 election. Use your registration to vote. It benefits all of us as the exercise of a basic civil right in the public square. We oppose election fraud or election suppression from any quarter.